29 November 2017, Antalya, Turkey

World leaders from the United Nations system, Member States, the private sector, and civil society gathered in Antalya today for the third day of the 2017 Global South-South Development Expo. The theme of the Expo is “South-South Cooperation in the era of Economic, Social and Environmental Transformation: Road to the 40th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Buenos Aires Plan of Action (BAPA+40).”

In the ninth high-level plenary, titled Climate Change Partnerships, panelists highlighted the challenges and opportunities in addressing climate change in the global South. It underscored the challenges related climate policy integration into long-term development planning and resources available to address climate change issues. South-South cooperation on climate change, which allows Southern countries to learn from each others experiences, was exemplified as a potential modality to implement international and national climate strategies, plans and policies and the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of the Paris Agreement. The event took stock of on-the-ground country experiences and good practices related to climate mitigation and adaptation activities.

The plenary was organized by the Southern Climate Partnership Incubator (SCPI), which is implemented by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC). The SCPI is a United Nations initiative designed to expand global partnerships on climate change in order to enhance the capacity and readiness of developing countries for advanced global climate action.

Mr. Jorge Chediek, Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation and Director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, opened the panel.

Dr. Zitouni Ould-Dada, Head of Technology Unit, Division of Technology Industry and Economics (DTIE), UNEP, moderated the panel, which comprised of the following panelists:

  • Dr. Ugur Zeydanli, Founder and General Director, Nature Conservation Center
  • Dr. Hans Friederich, Director-General, International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR)
  • Mrs. Carmen Isabel Claramunt Garro, Deputy Director of International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Republic of Costa Rica
  • Mr. Vicente Paolo Yu, Deputy Executive Director, The South Centre
  • Mr. Nuri Ozbagdatli, Climate Change and Environment Portfolio Manager, United Nations Development Programme, Turkey
  • Mr. Bernd Hackmann, Programme Officer, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat
  • Mr. Ayman Cherkaoui, Special Advisor to the 22nd Conference of the Parties Presidency

The agenda of the event can be found here.

For more information about this event, please contact Ajita Singh, Programme Analyst (ajita.singh@undp.org) or Liangchun Deng, Programme Specialist in the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (liangchun.deng@undp.org).